The 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills is upon us and we have a fantastic tournament in front of us. The field is magnificent with all the best players in the world fit and ready to fire.
The purse for U.S. National title is the largest in all of golf with a total prize pool of $12,000,000. The players are competing not only for the 12 million dollars they are competing for prestige of having your name etched on the U.S. Open Championship Trophy entering the history books in the form of a Major winner.
The Golf Course
Shinnecock Hills is an absolute beauty coming in at number 2 in the world rankings. The course can be very susceptible to weather, particularly wind with the close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Fairway width has been a hot topic, especially after last year at Erin Hills where the wide fairways did not play like a traditional U.S Open venue. After the 2004 U.S. Open Championship the fairways were restored at Shinnecock adding fairway width in areas to the point the USGA was not happy and wanted them narrowed. They have not been narrowed to an extent, however the fairways will be considerably wider than they were in 2004.
The weather is predicted to be mostly sunny for all the days of the championship, however there is a prediction for the wind to get up which cause havoc with the wide open expanses of Shinnecock Hills.
Two bet strategy
DUSTIN JOHNSON – $9
Best player in the world by a country mile when he is on. Won last week by an incredible 6 shots, that is evidence he is in exceptional form. He knows how to win having won this tournament in 2016. The course suits him to a tee with the widened fairways playing in to the hands of the bombers. Bubba Watsons caddy walked the course earlier in the week and Tweeted this;
Today was my first walk ever around Shinnecock Hills. I will say this with confidence. Long hitters will have the advantage and one of em will hoist the trophy 🏆
— ted scott (@jtedscott) 10 June 2018
If Dusty is on, its not how, its by how many and the $9 will seam like overs.
HENRIK STENSON – $34
Stenson is on fire this year, he leads the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy Percentage with 77.99 % with his nearest rival on 73.95 %. He also leads Greens In Regulation Percentage with 75 %. Its fair to assume he will not miss many fairways and he is going to hit a lot of greens, if he can get his putter hot he is in this golf tournament.
DUSTIN JOHNSON Top 5 – $2.80 @ Ladbrokes (Bet Now)
As above if he turns up and continues his hot form he will be in the top 5.
JASON DAY Top 5 – $4.20 @ Ladbrokes (Bet Now)
J Day has been struggling off the tee this year which made me hesitant to select him for the tournament, however he is elite in scrambling and putting. I just feel he has a couple of bad holes in him that may affect his chances of winning the tournament.
HENRIK STENSON Top 5 – $7.00 @ Ladbrokes (Bet Now)
Same as above, the only thing that will stop him is the putter. His ball striking will give him every opportunity.
BRYSON DECHAMBEAU Top 5 – $8.00 @ Ladbrokes (Bet Now)
DeChambeau has been running hot this year with 6 top 10 finishes, tee to green he is elite so a little like Stenson, if he can get his putter to fire he is in with a big chance.
TONY FINAU Top 10 – $7 @ Ladbrokes (Bet Now)
Finau is a bomber and would have been a big chance at the Masters if it wasn’t for him running backward after a hole in 1 and dislocating his ankle. He still fired in round 1 with a 68 however his ankle wore him down, with better preparation, Tony Finau is a good selection for top 10.
IAN POULTER Top 10 – $8 @ Ladbrokes (Bet Now)
Poulter has turned the clock back and has been in great form this season. I am throwing him in because of his wind ability. The windier it gets the better Ian gets.
LUKE LIST Top 10 – $11 @ Ladbrokes (Bet Now)
Luke List is long and he elite tee to green, the only problem is he cant putt. Shinnecock Hills has Poa greens which are a bad putters dream and narrows the gap. He won’t hole enough putts to win, however he has had 5 top 10 finishes this year and can do this on his ball striking alone on a bombers course.
Field and Odds
|Charles Howell III||151|
|Harold Varner III||501|
|Ted Potter Jnr||501|
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